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Here's what some of our best and brightest are doing...

PHYSICS: Since 1927, researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have been tracking a glob of congealed black tar as it drips through a funnel - at a rate of one drop every nine years.

PEACE: Two researchers at Newcastle University in England monitored the brain activity of locusts as they watched clips from the movie "Star Wars."

CHEMISTRY: An experiment at the University of Minnesota was designed to prove whether people can swim faster or slower in syrup than in water.
 

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I had to check the first one out to see if it was for real. Yes it is: http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/pitchdrop/pitchdrop.shtml

Click on the proffessor's comment. Seems that the experiment was inadverdently left in an area that became air conditioned, changing the "seasonal variation" element of the experiment. Now they are considering changing things a bit or just leaving it as originally set up.
 

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